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<br>Yes - Fragile <p>An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With</P>

Yes - Fragile

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

FRAGILE is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries. Below you can find a letter one of our good customers wrote about his Hot Stamper pressing.

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Our good customer Franklin wrote us a nice letter to let us us how much he loved his Fragile Hot Stamper. He''s so right: that was one AMAZING sounding record!

Just listened to the Yes album Fragile. FANTASTIC!!!!! I didn't know Yes LPs could sound like this. Any Yes LPs I've ever heard were harsh sounding and after a couple of minutes my ears would start to hurt. Thanks!


Thanks, Franklin, for your enthusiastic letter. Is this the same famously "compromised" recording that MF complained about while extolling the virtues of the mediocre Analogue Productions LP? Now you and I both know two things: how wrong they are, and how amazing this record can really sound -- when you're lucky enough to have a truly Hot Stamper like the very one you played.

Perhaps this explains why the new Heavy Vinyl version was so dull and lifeless: they were trying to keep it from sounding harsh. But sucking all the life out of the music is not the solution. The solution is correct mastering from good tapes, coupled with good vinyl and pressing quality. Why it is that no one seems to be able to do it nowadays is a mystery to me. For those of you who have the new Fragile (or the new Aja or the new Aqualung or the new Blue or... you get the picture), all I can say is, Man, you don't know what you're missing.

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Fremer recently opined on his website that Fragile "was never a very good recording to begin with... cardboardy, compressed and somewhat cloudy and distant." Perhaps his old copy sounded like that -- our Hot Stampers sure don't. The typical pressing of Fragile can be painful -- smeary and dull with plenty of distortion. If you know your stamper numbers and you spend the time to clean and play enough copies, you're bound to hear some serious magic. Of course that's a lot of work, and some people are probably too busy typing out lists of their pricey equipment to be bothered with such things.

We think those people have no business discussing the sound of records they obviously are incapable of reproducing, but until they stop peddling their nonsense, we have a duty to correct them. Our Hot Stampers speak volumes about the truly amazing sound of Fragile. Don't believe what you may have read elsewhere. Believe what the record is telling you.

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